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Signal Corp PE-108 E


I have heard that I need to use a jumper wire on the terminal plug to get it to start but I don't...

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I have heard that I need to use a jumper wire on the terminal plug to get it to start but I don't know which ones. Any I deas?
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If you go to http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showth...ghlight=PE-108 there is a discussion on these generators. To answer your question about the multi-pin terminal plug, I have copied my information from that post below:
If you take off the flat tin panel on the end of the control box above the gen, I found inside a lithographed tag with the wiring schematic on it.
It identifies the round plug connections when looking at the back of the plug (inside the control box). I have identified them below by location when looking at the front (outside the box) as follows:
Looking at the plug (from the outside) there are 6 pins arranged in a circle and a 7th one in the center. Pins at 11 O'Clock and 1 O'Clock are connected to the 110 VAC recepticles. 3 O'Clock pin is starter relay. 5 O'Clock pin is 12V Battery (+). 7 O'Clock pin is 12V Battery (-). 9 O'Clock pin is for the choke solenoid. Center pin appears to be ignition kill, but I am not 100% positive on that - schematic looks like these may have been available with battery ignition as an option....
Hook up a 12 V battery to the posts shown on the picture of mine above, the + terminal is the one closest to the engine & meter. By putting a wire in the pin hole at 3 O'Clock and grounding it to the frame, it completes the circuit for the starter solenoid and should spin the engine over

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I have a PE-108B from 1943

This picture should help.

Use a 12-14 guage piece of romex. You simply push it in, and when it starts take it out. A very cheap key. I hang it on the battery cable. I use a small garden tractor battery mounted on that side of the generator.

I use mine mostly for lights, (600 watt) it was used for mobile command radio set SCR-543, either in a truck or base. The plug went to the Radio set, which had a remote control to start/choke and stop it by pressing the right buttons.

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Thanks Mike, I became the owner of this machine when my grandfather died. I am wondering what it might be worth? Is it an antique? Leland
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Well it is worth only what someone would give for it.
Realistically it is only good for 600 watts as a limitation. But it is a military item, and built like a tank, and will start off of and charge a 12 volt battery at the same time.
I paid $85 for mine two years ago in good running condition, no knocks or smoke if that is any guide.
I used it to power lights and industrial fan to dry things out during a flood condition last year, and I ran several tanks of gas through it. It was running at full load and then some, and never let me down. If you are a real survivalist, one could run a 12 volt inverter off of the battery and then charge that when it was depleted. In that case it was worth far more than the money I had paid for it
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